Siesbye, Alev Ebüzziya
Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye was born in Istanbul of Turkish parents. From 1956 to 1958 she studied sculpture at the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts, while also attending Füreya's Ceramic Workshop. She spent two years as a production worker in the ceramic factories at Höhr-Grenzhausen, returning to Istanbul in 1960 to work in the Art Workshop of the Eczacibasi Ceramic Factories. In 1963 she moved to Copenhagen, where she worked first for the Royal Copenhagen and, since, 1969, has had her own workshop. She has designed for both Rosenthal and Royal Copenhagen. She now lives and works in Paris.
Her distinctions include the Taega Brandts Legat (1982), the Eckersberg Medal (1983), the Atatürk Gold Medal and the Sanat Kurumu Ceramics Prize (1988) and the Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennesey ‘Science pour l’Art’ prize (1990). In 2000 she was awarded the prestigious Knight of Dannebrogordenen by The Royal Court, Copenhagen.
1956-58 Studies of Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts, Istanbul, Turkey.
Fureya's Ceramic Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey.
1958-60 Production Worker in Ceramic Factories, Hohr-Grenzhausen.
1960-62 Eczacibasi Ceramic Factories, Art Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey.
1963-68 Artist-in-Residence, Royal Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1975 -1990 Designer at Rosenthal, Selb, Germany.
1985 - 2000 Designer at Royal Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Awards and distinctions:
2006 Anne-Marie Telmanyi-born Carl-Nielsen’s Legat.
2000 Knight of Dannebrogordenen, The Royal Court, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1995 Prins Eugen Medal, Stockholm, Sweden.
1990 Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton "Science for Art".
1988 Sanat Kurumu, Ceramics Prize, Turkey Ataturk Gold Medal, Turkey.
1983 Eckersberg Medal.
1982 Tagea Brandts Legat.
Solo exhibitions since 1998:
2007 Galerie Landrot, Paris.
Galerie Puls, Bruxelles.
2006 Galerie Nev, Ankara.
2005 Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye – A Necessidade de Nao Esquecer, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon, Portugal.
Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2003 Garth Clark Gallery, New York.
Galerie Besson, London.
2002 Retrospective, The Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2001 Garth Clark Gallery, New York.
Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey.
2000 Galerie Elise Toft, Kolding.
Dialogue: Alev Siesbye, Jorn Larsen-Koniglich Danishe Botschaft, Berlin, Germany.
1999 Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey.
Alev at Beymen, Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey.
1998 Galerie Terra, Delft, Netherlands.
Galerie Osiris, Brussels, Belgium.
Galerie Landrot, Paris, France.
Pictures: Portrait Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye around 1985 (in: Europäische Keramik der Gegenwart, 1986); two other portraits (source unknown); wall with bowls in blue (source interv7-2); four bowls in blue.
- Catalogue "Europäische Keramik der Gegenwart", Frechen 1986.
- Thormann, Olaf, Gefäss / Skulptur - Vessel / Sculpture; Keramik / Ceramics seit / since 1946 Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig, 2013.